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Dean J. Rich Leonard


Current Position

Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law
225 Hillsborough Street
Suite 401
Raleigh, NC 27603

Tel: 919-865-4491
Fax: 919-865-5886

Class: XVII (2006)Circuit: Fourth


University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, B.S. (1971); M.Ed. (1973)
Yale, J.D. (1976)

Professional Career

Judge (1992-13); Chief Judge (1999-06), U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District North Carolina
Magistrate Judge (1981-1992); Clerk of Court (1979-1992), U.S. District Court, Eastern District North Carolina
Associate, Sanford Adams McCullough & Beard (1978-79)
Law Clerk, U.S. District Judge F.T. Dupree (1976-78)


American Bankruptcy Law Journal: Associate Editor (2004-07); Editor-in-Chief (2011-14)
National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges: Director, Endowment for Education (2000-05); Chair (2004-05)
American Bar Association, Director, Africa Council (2001-06)
Judicial Conference, Committee on Court Administration and Case Management (1998-04)


"Having Thought About Private Matters: The Federal Court's Initial Response," 77 Am. Bankr. L.J. 9 2003 Author
"Use of Electronic Documents in U.S. Courts: A Personal View," International Legal Practitioner Mar 2002 Author


Robert B. Yegge Award for Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Judicial Administration, (2011)
Directors Award for Outstanding Leadership in Federal Courts (first recipient), (1992)